U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement in response to the House vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution:
"Today the House had the opportunity to move forward on a common-sense, permanent solution to our nation's spending-driven debt crisis. Unfortunately for the American people, House Democrats reaffirmed their commitment to fiscal recklessness and rejected requiring the federal government to do what hardworking Americans do every day: balance a budget.
"As another harsh reminder of the need to get our nation's fiscal house in order, our national debt surpassed $15 trillion this week -- over $4 trillion more than when President Obama took office. For far too long, Democrat-led Washington has spent too much, taxed too much and borrowed too much. The American people deserve better than their leaders continuing down the same path of unsustainable policies.
"A Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution would implement real institutional change in Washington and save future generations from the burden of debt created by out-of-control spending. Now more than ever, we must become fiscally responsible to restore confidence in our economy and empower small businesses to grow, invest and hire workers again. A Balanced Budget Amendment would finally force Washington to live within its means and create a sound financial future for the American Dream to thrive."